From the day she was born, Pamela Anderson was in newspaper headlines. Born in Canada, Pamela was dubbed the country's 'Centennial Baby' because she was the first baby born on July 1, 1967 — the 100th anniversary of Canada's constitution.
In 1989, at the age of 22, Anderson was seen wearing a Labatt's Beer t-shirt at a BC Lions Canadian Football League Game, where she was featured on the Jumbotron. She was so beautiful that she was soon hired to work as a spokesmodel for the beer company before appearing as the cover girl on Playboy magazine's October issue the same year.
Following her first appearance in Playboy, Anderson moved to Los Angeles to pursue her modeling career. She was featured as Playmate of the Month in the February 1990 issue. Her career at Playboy lasted an incredible 22 years and was the last model to pose nude in Playboy magazines, which she did on the January/February 2016 cover. As one of the most famous Playmates, it was only fitting that she was the one to bring the era of nude photographs in Playboy to an end.
So, how exactly did this small-town Canadian girl become one of the world's most famous models? Well...
15 Pamela Was Immediately Drawn To The Role As C. J. Parker
Pamela Anderson was offered the role of C. J. Parker by Baywatch executive producer David Hasselhoff. Anderson stated she was immediately drawn to the role because she shared a number of 'New Age' beliefs with the character. Some of these beliefs include an interest in crystals, meditation, and dream interpretation.
An actress who doesn't have 'New Age' beliefs may have thought the part of C. J. Parker was a joke because of how absurd some of these beliefs are. One of these beliefs is that crystals can be used for healing. Since Anderson considers herself a 'New Age thinker' she may have thought that she was destined for the role. Maybe the writers of the show purposefully wrote some of C. J.'s character traits to attract Anderson to the role? It's hard to say.
14 She Held One Of The Show's Biggest Secrets For Years
Anderson played the role of C. J. Parker for five seasons. She is, with the exception of David Hasselhoff, the most iconic member of the Baywatch cast. The show was an action drama series about Los Angeles lifeguards and was originally canceled after its first season on NBC. However, the show managed to scrape by for a second season through syndication. Lasting 11 seasons (and 242 episodes), Baywatch became one of the most-watched television shows in the world.
When the show originally aired, Anderson's character was simply known as C. J. It wasn't until the 2017 Baywatch film that her character's real name, as in what the letters stood for, was revealed. For those wondering, it's Casey Jean.
Yeah, C. J. sounds better.
13 She's Always Been Gorgeous
In the early 1990s, Anderson landed a role as Lisa, the "Tool Time Girl" on the popular television sitcom, Home Improvement. Around this time in her life, she chose to have her first breast implant surgery, increasing her chest size to 34D. After filming Home Improvement for two years — and looking great — Anderson opted to pursue a much more 'mature' role as C. J. Parker on Baywatch. Although Home Improvement was an incredibly popular sitcom, her role on Baywatch is possibly the greatest highlight of her career — and one of the most iconic TV roles to come out of the '90s.
12 She Brought Something To The Show Other Cast Members Didn't
At the premiere for the 2017 Baywatch film, David Hasselhoff told reporters what a pleasure it was to work with Pamela Anderson. Hasselhoff told E! News, "She was awesome. She was awesome to work with especially when the water is cold. She was one of the first ones to go in there." He added, "The show was No. 1 before she came on and it was No. 1 after she left. She made a difference. That girl has more charisma than any woman I've ever seen except [my fiancee]."
Most likely, his comment about his fiancee's charisma was only to pander to his soon-to-be-wife. How bad would it make the 'Hoff look if he appeared to have more feelings for Anderson than his own fiancee?
11 She Made Life-Saving Sexy
Baywatch aired at a time when people couldn't look at gorgeous people whenever they wanted. Sure, the internet existed — and so did p*rn — but you had to pay for it. And, well, good luck finding a decent photo of Pamela Anderson on the internet in the early 1990s.
Baywatch made it acceptable to admire people for their bodies. The show (unlike the movie) was supposed to be a serious action drama, drawing in viewers because of the action and interpersonal relationships seen on the show. But let's be honest: viewers were watching it for the "plot." People watched CSI: Crime Scene Investigators for the same reason that they watched Baywatch: the 'plot.'
10 Her Plot Points Were Amazing
I mean, seriously. The way that Pamela Anderson would run — in slow motion — in her iconic red swimsuit is something that will go down in television history. It was just amazing how she was able to run so slowly but able to save so many people throughout her five seasons on Baywatch. Even just looking at this photo, you can see the type of plot points that Pamela brought to the show. She did pay to upgrade her plot points several times — too many times — but nonetheless, they're still fantastic.
9 She Was Already In Shape For The Role
Lifeguards are some of the fittest people on the planet. They need to be able to be strong swimmers, able to carry another person with them out of the water and onto the beach. Sure, Anderson wasn't actually doing those things — but she needed to look like she could.
Before Anderson became the iconic lifeguard that we all know and love, she worked as a fitness instructor in Vancouver, British Columbia. Judging from what her body looked like through her life, it's easy to see that fitness remained an important aspect of her lifestyle. Even today, Anderson has managed to stay in incredible shape. That's not easy to do for someone 50 years old, but she's always made it look easy. Some celebrities' entire careers have been built around their bodies, like Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, and Anderson is no exception.
8 Her Beliefs Are Laid Back
You expect any Californian to be fairly liberal, and Anderson is no exception. Coming from Canada's west coast, it's hard to say whether Anderson adopted her laissez-faire view of the world when she moved to California, or if she grew up with those opinions.
One of those opinions, held by many Californians, is that she supports the legalization of cannabis. Anderson is one of the most outspoken celebrity advocates for the legalization of marijuana. She even went as far to write a letter to former President Barack Obama (when he was in office) urging him to make marijuana legal! It's hard to imagine someone like Pamela Anderson smoking a joint or two or ten, but that's probably just because of the stereotypes associated with marijuana enthusiasts. Way to break social norms, Pamela!
7 She Has Names For Her Boobs
Pamela Anderson's breasts are — quite possibly — her greatest asset. They're so famous that it comes as a surprise that they don't have their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (yet). If you were to ask anyone to name a trait of Pamela Anderson, they'll probably mention her gigantic fake breasts. But, she (we) loves them!
After undergoing numerous breast augmentation surgeries, she finally decided it was time to name her assets in 2004. She settled on the names Pancho and Lefty after the two surgeons who performed the surgery. Lefty is kind of a generic name, but Pancho makes up for it. They aren't sexy names, but they're pretty whimsical. Just imagine her latest rock-star lover saying Pancho in the bedroom.
6 She's Always Used Her Body To Market Herself
Not only has Anderson used her body to become an actress, but she also used her body to promote messages of activism. Whether or not you agree with the organization, PETA has been known to create some of the most controversial advertising campaigns. Oftentimes, they use the sex appeal of celebrities to attract people's attention to their advertisements.
The above advertisement created quite a stir in Montreal when it wasn't permitted to be unveiled in the city. The advertisement was called sexist, but Anderson fired back saying, "In a city that is known for its exotic dancing and for being progressive and edgy, how sad that a woman would be banned from using her own body in a political protest over the suffering of cows and chicken."
5 She Had A Naughty Tape Stolen From Her
When her career on Baywatch was coming to a close, a sex tape of Pamela Anderson and her husband, Tommy Lee, on their honeymoon was stolen from their home in 1995. It was the sex tape Americans dreamed they would get — but not the one that they deserved.
The tape is available online for you to watch at your leisure — but you won't enjoy it. The video is incredibly grainy, jumps from scene to scene — and with a million other modern sex tapes to watch, do you need to watch Anderson's?
Yes. It's iconic. It's one of the defining moments of Anderson's career. It showed that not only is her character sexualized on television, but she's also a sexual person herself. However — definitely don't take the time to watch the sex tape of Pamela Anderson and Bret Michaels. That sex tape should have never seen the light of day.
4 Baywatch Was Her One Hit
Despite being one of the most famous models on the planet, after Anderson left Baywatch, she failed to make an impact in Hollywood as an actress. She starred in a number of films that tried to profit from her looks, such as Barb Wire (1996), Raw Justice (1994) and who could forget Come Die With Me: A Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer Mystery (1994). You probably haven't heard of any of the previously mentioned movies because they all flopped. Her failed acting career could have been due to her leaked sex tapes, poor acting ability, or the fact that she was just another pretty face that was starting to get 'old.'
Her appearance in the latest Baywatch film was nothing more than a throwback to the show. Her appearances in most other films, including in Scary Movie, are more self-deprecating than anything. She's an uncomfortable bad actress — but at least she looked great in that red swimsuit of hers.
3 She Failed To Make A Splash On Reality Television
Unfortunately for models, once they get 'old,' the business doesn't want anything to do with them anymore. For Anderson, that meant that she would take a swing at reality television. She appeared on Australian Big Brother, an Indian version of the show called Bigg Boss, and the fourth season of VIP Brother, which is the celebrity spin-off of Big Brother filmed in Bulgaria. Your career is sort of dead in the water after you appear on Bulgarian reality television.
Following her appearance in the tenth season of Dancing with the Stars, Anderson turned her attention to her activism. It was for the best to turn away from reality television before she became "that" woman. That said, it seems most famous models are destined for the same career path. Once they begin to age, they turn to reality television, followed by activism, and business ventures.
2 She's A Great Role Model For Women
If you think that Pamela Anderson is nothing but a bimbo, you're wrong. She's built a career focusing on her strengths while maintaining qualities that make her a strong independent woman. She's never let any of her famous rock-star boyfriends tie her down (except maybe inside the bedroom). She also spends a great deal of time working as an activist and is one of the mentally strongest women out there. Not only has she been able to make jokes about herself in the Scary Movie franchise, but she also has a dark past that few people know about.
As a child, Anderson was molested for four years by her babysitter. She has also publicly spoken about other instances when she was raped by her friend's older boyfriend's brother and gang-raped by her boyfriend and his friends when she was just 14 years old. She hasn't let anything hold her back from achieving her dreams and became a massive success despite the traumatic events in her life.
1 She Can Still Rock The Red Swimsuit
At 50 years old, Pamela Anderson decided to rock her red swimsuit one last time in the film, Baywatch (2017). Her cameo was nothing more than a quick gag to appease longtime fans of the series — despite the fact that the movie is a comedy that essentially parodies the original, and the TV series was a drama.
Her appearance in the film resembles the appearances made by Johnny Depp and Peter DeLuise in the film 21 Jump Street. As you may know, Depp and DeLuise were the original stars of the television show, 21 Jump Street, which ran for four seasons.
Is Hollywood on the path to remake other television shows as parodies of themselves? We've already seen Hollywood reboot a number of old movies like Ghostbusters, The Mummy, and Mad Max. Additionally, Disney is pumping out a number of live action films lately and they have been pretty well received by audiences.
Is there a reboot you want to see on the big screen? Or are you sick of seeing the same movies over and over again?
Sources: Wikipedia, EOnline